I love the way the Message translates these same verses, “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.”
When I read these verses this morning, I thought about a sentence I recently underlined in the book I’ve been reading by Carl Medearis called, Speaking of Jesus. Here’s the sentence:
“Understanding the doctrine of forgiveness does not deliver us from sin. Jesus does.”
Lately, I seem to be getting reminder after reminder that people (me included) tend to spend too much time defending or disputing Christianity and not enough time pointing to and getting to know Jesus. As Mr. Medearis says so well in his book, “The gospel is not a what. It is not a how. The gospel is a Who. The gospel is literally the good news of Jesus. Jesus is the gospel.”
We make it more complicated than it needs to be.
Spend time getting to know Him.
Follow Jesus. Find Life.